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Novels, NaNoWriMo, and Me


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Having taken a short break from my blog, it is now time for an update.  I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.  As part of this program, I have made a commitment to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Only three days into it and I am over 5,000 words.  Woo hoo!

I am simultaneously working on the sequel to Never Coming Back, which will be titled Never Forget, as well as the third book in the series, tentatively titled Never Give Up.  Additionally, I am writing short stories that will be offered exclusively through my new Members Only Writing Subscription.

Members Only Writing Subscriptions include a monthly newsletter, keeping subscribers up to date on the latest status of my writing, as well as my reviews of work from other authors of note. Additionally, members receive access to the new short stories, sequential scenes from Never Forget, and random scenes from Never Give Up.  Each piece will come with an Introduction, so readers will always know what type of writing they have received. Maintaining subscriptions for 12 months, or signing up for an annual subscription, entitles members to receive an autographed copy of Never Forget or Never Give Up once published.  Or the member can choose to receive a coupon for a free download of the book to a Kindle

If you are interested in signing up for a subscription, you can find all the details on the subscription page of my website, Jansen Books.

Other membership levels range from Introductory Membership (newsletter only) to Gold Membership (which includes having a character named after you!)

Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and I hope you seriously consider signing up for one of my new subscription plans!  


Okay, Planning for NaNoWriMo IS a Good Idea…

English: Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT

English: Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once again, I have gone through the entire day being distracted from #NaNoWriMo writing by things like work, which pays the bills; the pets, who require sustenance and to relieve themselves; food, because I need sustenance, as does my daughter; my daughter, who, at 11, is not quite ready to drive herself to school; shopping, because I don’t have a grocery store that delivers to my front door; Amazon.com, which is where I track my book sales; social networking, which I mentioned yesterday; and even paying the bills, because it is the beginning of the month.  I’m sure there will be more soon, as life will do that to you.

What does that mean for your word count, you ask?  Well, it is not good.  But I am getting there.  I am adding to an existing book, so I was up until 3:00 this morning reading it over (again) and planning which way I want the characters to go right now.  I did some writing (and I admit, some editing, for shame), but not as much as I would like.

No, I can’t catch up tonight.  I am going to a writers’ function tonight in Hartford, CT called Come Out Writing.  It is at the Mark Twain House to benefit True Colors. It should be fun!

So, what do I have?  Well, I have this blog entry… I know, get down to writing my novel!  I will.  I promise!  I know we all took this challenge, but who is willing to personally challenge me, and themselves?  We can hold each other accountable each day!  Just let me know in the comments.  And happy writing!


Social Networking Thwarts NaNoWriMo Efforts

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Last night I had to decide if I wanted to stay up for the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Of course, LIFE set in… The administrative work I needed to complete kept me from writing a single word!  I guess that is why I see so many people saying they “plan” for NaNoWriMo.  My third year, and I still have not planned.  Maybe next year.  However, I am not giving up for this year.  Plan or no plan, I will keep going!  Of course, writing in my blog does not count toward my book, unless I am planning to write a book about blogging.  Well… no… Anyway, it was a good thought.

So, the administrative work I had to complete consisted of updating all of my sites about self-publishing my first novel, which I mostly wrote during NaNoWriMo 2010.  Between G+, Facebook, my blog, and all of the Author Pages you must update for all of the Amazon sites, it was overwhelming.  And I’m not even on Twitter yet!  I need to hire someone to manage my social networking for me so I have time to write!

What have I learned from this?  Planning is so important!  Had I planned properly, I probably would not have self-published on Amazon.com on Halloween, the day before NaNoWriMo starts!  I am so excited to have my book published, and I wanted to put that chapter of my writing to an end (no pun intended, really!), so I did it anyway.

I hope everyone that is taking this journey with me wrote more words than I did.  I will catch up with you though.  I promise!

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